Work Leave “In special cases there is a temporary work leave on a daily basis for important reasons, such as, for example, when the wife gives birth, moving to another place for professional reasons, to obtain a new job (cf. § 39 NV Bühne). In the case of work leave, the requirements of the theater must be taken into account” This is usually easily worked out between you and the theater but remember that you have a right to get released for auditions, particularly when your contract has ended, whether by your choice or the theater’s. Naturally you can’t miss a scheduled performance or important rehearsal, but the right to seek new work is very strong.
“The adjustment clause ensures that the fees of the stage members in the artistic field are also increased in the event of general wage increases. The extent and effective date of the wage increase is to be negotiated separately by the theatre unions”. German unions are very strong and coordinated in wage negotiations. Contracts generally come up for negotiation together and the biggest and most powerful national unions usually lead the way. Once an agreement has been reached, everyone follows suit, but the details must be ironed out by each of the smaller unions with their employers and the details can be tricky and important.
The “warning” is a legal term from general employment law. The warning usually precedes termination without notice. Deficiencies in performance or behavioral reasons on the part of the employee can trigger a warning. The employer must draw the employee’s attention to the violation of his contractual obligations, together with the request to behave in accordance with the contract in the future. Cancellation is threatened in the event of recurrence. Not only the employer but also employees who are authorized to give binding instructions are entitled to issue a warning. The employer is entitled to place warnings in an employee’s personnel file.